Review: The Knitting And Stitching Show London

Review: The Knitting And Stitching Show London

if you’ve not been before, The Knitting and Stitching Show is an annual event that brings together all kinds of makers under one roof.

Held at The Alexandra Palace in London, it’s like a festival for craft. You can find workshops, showcases and the biggest thing - stalls, selling both raw materials and beautiful handmade goods, for anything from cross stitch, to leather work.

This year was my first visit to the Knitting and Stitching Show and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had heard mixed reviews - some people return year after year, leaving with bags and bags of goodies, some people say there’s too much variety and that it would be better to split the show into smaller, craft-based events.

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The Fisherman's Muse Sweater Review

The Fisherman's Muse Sweater Review

Recently I’ve been part of a group of pre-knitters, who have been busy knitting up different patterns from the new LB Handknits, Facing North collection.

The collection is perfect if you’re the type of person who just has to cast on a lovely, chunky jumper or cardigan as soon as they feel the weather turning chilly, as all the patterns are intended to be made up in super chunky yarn. 

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The Saticoy Hat Review From A Bee In The Bonnet

The Saticoy Hat Review From A Bee In The Bonnet

It’s hard to find a more satisfying knitting project than a hat. Not only are they something I know I’ll use, but they knit up quick, are a great way to try out some new techniques on a small scale, and are pretty cost effective when it comes to buying yarn. 

I recently had the opportunity to test knit a new hat pattern for A Bee In The Bonnet and I wanted to share the experience and finished hat with you all. 

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Refashion #1: Man’s Jumper - Oversized Cardigan

Refashion #1: Man’s Jumper - Oversized Cardigan

Have you heard of The Refashioners? Every year, Portia Lawrie of Makery, hosts a competition open to makers all over the world, to refashion an old piece of clothing or textile into something fabulous. 

In a time where we can get a new outfit from a high street store for under £20, without thinking where it was made, or who made it, we could probably all do with thinking a bit more carefully about what we’re buying.

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My Favourite Free Baby Knitting and Sewing Patterns (so far!)

My Favourite Free Baby Knitting and Sewing Patterns (so far!)

Now that I’m just about half way through my pregnancy, I’ve really kicked the baby-knitting and sewing into gear. I’ve found some great patterns and yarns since I’ve started making, and I wanted to share them with you incase you’re looking for inspiration when it comes to knitting and sewing for babies. 

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Review: Caitlin Hunter Ohra Shawl

Review: Caitlin Hunter Ohra Shawl

Writing this in early August 2018, in the middle of a heatwave that feels like it’s lasted for years, the  mere thought of wearing knitwear makes me want to puke. however, I’m so pleased with my finished Ohra Shawl, by Caitlin Hunter of Boyland Knitworks, that I decided to review it - even if there’s no chance I’ll be wearing it any time soon.

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Unexpected Life Changes and Slowing Down

Unexpected Life Changes and Slowing Down

Slowing down isn’t something that comes naturally to me.

To me, multitasking isn’t just a necessity to get all my admin done, or something that sounds good to put on my CV, it is a way of life. But lately I’ve experienced a few life changes that have given me the opportunity and the motivation to take things a bit easier for once, and knitting has proved to be a massive aid.

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How To Make A Tassel

How To Make A Tassel

I've got to be honest with you, I love a tassel. Whether it's on a knitting project like a shawl, on the edges of cushions, or many tassels strung together to make a modern alternative to bunting, I love 'em all. Thats why I thought I'd share this tutorial to show you how to make your own tassel out of yarn or wool. 

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The Abbreviation Translator for Beginner Knitters 

The Abbreviation Translator for Beginner Knitters 

While the knitting community might be one of the most welcoming communities out there online, it’s safe to say that the majority of patterns and knitting books don’t do much to help a newbie ease into their new fibre-art.

‘YO’, ’CO12’, ‘SKP’, ‘PSSO’… It sounds more like we’re cracking codes, or working in a lab, rather than creating something beautiful. 

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Note to self - don't get taken in by a bargain...

Note to self - don't get taken in by a bargain...

This post is a lesson to myself, to not be taken in by a bargain. I love a bargain and I hate spending money. It might sound like a bit of an oxymoron, but it’s true. 

I love getting something I really need at a fraction of it’s original price, and I always shop around if I have to make an expensive purchase. Spending money sometimes frightens me a bit, whether it’s £30 on some materials I want for a project, or £300 on a new washing machine.

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Knitting: How To Get Started

Knitting: How To Get Started

It would probably be more appropriate to call this post something like ‘How to not be intimidated by your knitting.'

I don’t know about you, but from the outside, knitting looks like seriously hard work. You’ve got the patterns which look like a foreign language, the different types of yarn that are somehow meant to be used in different ways with different needles in different sizes, and then there’s the time it takes to actually make the thing…

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My Make Nine for 2017

My Make Nine for 2017

So if you make things, are on Instagram, or follow sewing and knitting blogs, you’ll probably be way ahead of me and will know all about the Make Nine project. 

Rochelle, of of Lucky Lucille is the lovely lady who thought it up, and basically, makers simply chose nine patterns or items that they know they want to make in 2017 and reveal their choice to the world.

 

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Why January is Such an Unproductive Month for Crafting

Why January is Such an Unproductive Month for Crafting

...And why that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Okay, so I’m not keen on January for a few reasons:

  • Christmas is over and I’m one of those people who loves Christmas.
  • I really dislike the whole ‘new year new you’ concept. I think this was the subject line of at least 10 different marketing emails I received over the first 2 weeks of January. (Seriously, how many new me’s can the world cope with?)

 

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